Four Close Applications of Mindfulness – Meditation Retreat
with B. Alan Wallace
During this retreat, Alan Wallace will offer an oral commentary on Śāntideva’s chapter on “The Four Close Applications of Mindfulness” in his Compendium of Practices (Ṣikśasamuccaya). This chapter presents ways of meditatively exploring the nature of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena from the perspective of the Middle Way view of Nāgārjuna, with a special emphasis on their lack of inherent nature. Following this, he will give an oral transmission and commentary to Mipham Rinpoche’s Lamp to Dispel Darkness: Advice for Pointing Out the Mind in Accordance with the Tradition of the Old Realized Ones. In this brief text, Mipham Rinpoche offers concise, practical instructions on the theory and practice of the Great Perfection, which is regarded by many as the pinnacle of the Buddhist contemplative science of the mind. Both these texts present the investigation of the mind in a radically empirical, rational way, which is both profoundly contemplative as well as rigorously scientific. The retreat will consist of lectures, guided meditations, and open discussion.
Recommended pre-reading for this retreat is the book above ‘Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness‘
About the Retreat Leader
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.
Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted 14 years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.
With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.